Employee Spotlight: Get to Know VP of Business Development Tom Brady

In honor of Super Bowl LI this Sunday and the start of our Employee Spotlight Blog Series we thought it would be a great opportunity to shine the light on our very own Tom Brady, VP of Business Development at A-LIGN. Although he may not be a 3x Super Bowl MVP …

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Phishing 201: What are the Different Types of Phishing Attacks?

In our initial blog, Phishing 101, we covered the basics of phishing, including what phishing is and how to prevent it. Today, we will cover the different types of phishing attacks that your organization could be vulnerable to. Types of Phishing Deceptive phishing Deceptive phishing is the most common …

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Social Engineering 101: What is Phishing and How do I Prevent It?

What is Phishing? Phishing is a series of communications that are sent in order to deceive individuals to provide sensitive information. Phishing can take the form of email messages, website forms, or phone calls and can be designed to reveal different information.  This information can take the form of: Credit …

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3 Security Trends that will Continue in 2017

With the ushering in of another new year, I find myself acting nostalgic, wondering where the previous year went and of course pondering the year ahead. Here are three security and commerce trends which will continue in 2017. Healthcare Data Breach According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, healthcare data breaches …

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Making the Switch from SSAE 16 to SSAE 18

When service organizations receive a SOC 1 examination, it is performed under the SSAE 16 or “Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements 16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization” standard. In the Spring 2016, The AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board (ASB) completed the clarity project, the result of which was …

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FedRAMP vs. FISMA: Choosing the Right Standard for Your Federal Clients

When pursuing federal clients or servicing existing federal clients, there are a number of unique compliance needs due to the sensitivity of the federal information. Standards such as FedRAMP and FISMA exist to create consistent security standards for organizations seeking federal agency clientele. FISMA, or the Federal Information Security Management …

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What are the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Principles?

With the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the United States and the European Union share the goal of improving the privacy of citizens’ sensitive information. However, what makes the framework necessary is that each has a differing approach on how to manage the protection of information. The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework exists …

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What are the differences between ISAE 3402 and SSAE 16?

The preferred reports for service organizations with direct impact on internal controls over financial reporting of their clients are the SSAE 16 (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization, was issued by the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified …

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FISMA Certification: Understanding Low, Moderate and High-Impact Systems

FISMA, or the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002, assesses the controls outlined in NIST 800-53. You can review those requirements in Figure 1, below. One of the benefits of FISMA is that it provides different implementation options depending on the levels of potential impact for an organization or …

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10 Ways to Protect Your Information When Shopping Online

When the holiday season comes around, everyone is in the spirit of giving back and joining in on the festivities. This usually spurs an increase in spending and holiday shopping, most of which happens online. According to comScore and UPS’ online shopping survey, shoppers are now making 51% of …

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